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Trade shows get a handle on safety

GENERALLY known as the month associated with Oktoberfest — the German Festival celebrating merriment and beer consumption — this year October is set to revamp its reputation as the month where safety, rather than intoxication, takes centre stage.

The Safety Show Sydney, to be held from October 24-26 at the Sydney Showground, Olympic Park, is NSW’s largest and only dedicated workplace health and safety trade show.

Significantly for 2007, the exhibitions coincide with Safe Work Australia Week which is facilitated by the Australian Safety and Compensation Council, and runs from 21-27.

And with the creation of Materials Handling Sydney to be held alongside the Safety Show Sydney, the event promises to be bigger than ever.

The official feature areas include corporate health; height safety, building, electrical engineering technology and training; and for the first time — automated safety.

While the spread of products range from asbestos removal right through to workplace wellbeing programs, the technology on show will be complemented by advice from WorkCover NSW, who will deliver 18 workshops over the three days.

Jon Blackwell, CEO of WorkCover NSW, said the Safety Show Sydney was a good opportunity for the regulator to meet with numerous safety decision makers and encourage them to make their businesses safer.

“WorkCover is committed to improving workplace safety and through practical advice, education and assistance to business, workplace accidents have been reduced to the lowest levels in 18 years.”

Blackwell said that copies of the Talk Safety CD —ROM which contains many of the organisation’s publications, including industry-specific guidance material, fact sheets and a variety of brochures will be available at the orgainisation’s stand.

With lifting, loading and shifting of materials the number one cause of injuries to workers in NSW, the inception of the new trade show, Materials Handling Sydney dedicated to making materials handling safer and more efficient, will offer visitors thousands of safety solutions.

Around 50 exhibitors will showcase materials and manual handling products and services, encompassing everything from automated storage and retrieval systems, through to robotics and voice recognition systems.

Blackwell said that materials handling had always been an important part of the Safety Show as materials handling safety affects almost every business in the State.

“It makes sense to run the two shows side by side so that all visitors can benefit from the range of information presented at both shows,” he said.

Exhibition organiser, Marie Kinsella of Australian Exhibitions & Conferences, said research showed that $9.5m worth of business was written at last year’s Safety show.

In addition to the Safety, and Materials Handling shows, there will be the 2007 Sydney Safety Conference, presented by the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA NSW). The conference will cover themes including training and development; corporate governance; business sustainability and the human face of safety.

For more information email safety@aec.net.au or visit www.sydmaterialshandling.com.au.

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